Monterey Bay Area 

pambmarino “at”



I am an award-winning journalist with a strong background in community news reporting, feature writing, blogging, content creation, editing, and social media management. I possess strong leadership, communication, and administrative skills and a significant track record of managing projects from conception through planning, development, and implementation.

Specialties include: writing, reporting, editing, blogging, online media, social media management, content development, program management, program coordination, feature writing, lifestyle features, travel writing, press releases.



Staff Writer, Monterey County Weekly

I write news and features for Monterey County’s best news organization in print and online. I cover the areas of Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel, Carmel Valley and North County. I also cover the areas of law enforcement, the military, health care and the hospitality industry.

Freelance Writer 

I write news stories, features and content for a wide variety of web and print outlets in a timely and professional manner. I can do everything from straight news, to human interest, to general website content. I create stories that are accurate, and explain concepts to readers in a clear, concise manner. I am able to take and edit my own photographs. I’ve sold work to a variety of outlets, including South Bay Accent Magazine, Metro Silicon Valley, and the Presbyterian News Service.

Contract Social Media Manager and Program Manager

I develop and coordinate social media for the Cupertino Library Foundation, regularly creating posts for several social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest. I write press releases as asked, as well as consult on other communication projects and fundraising strategy. In addition, in 2014 I served as Project Coordinator for the S^4 Super Summer Science Search™ Contest. I was elevated to Program Manager in September 2014. My duties include mentoring a team of high school volunteers, creating online sign-up and entry forms, managing the contest database, marketing, creating social media posts, among other activities.

Creator/Editor/Writer — Good Neighbor Stories

I created the Good Neighbor Stories blog to report and share positive stories about San Francisco Bay Area people helping others, whether around the block or around the world. I write my own posts and feature stories, take and edit photographs, and maintain the site. In Fall 2012 my stories and photos were published in the Good Neighbor Stories 2013 Datebook. I maintain Facebook and Twitter pages, and regularly promote through a variety of social media channels.

Content Developer

Developed and wrote web content for a network of local commercial city websites. Created interesting and informative articles for viewers that also increased SEO.

Freelance Writer/Guest Editor —

I was a regular contributor to sites in the Silicon Valley. I often covered city councils, county government, and local elections, and worked as part of a team covering breaking news. I took my own photographs to illustrate stories. In addition to reporting, I was often called on to guest edit. As guest editor I assigned and edited articles, created content, aggregated stories, and maintained the site using Patch’s content management system.

Newspaper Reporter

Covered city hall issues, elections, and other news for weekly newspapers, including The Cupertino Courier, and The La Costan Newspaper.

Newspaper Columnist — The Irvine Citizen

Wrote a general interest column for a weekly newspaper in Irvine owed by the Orange County Register about people and events in Irvine, CA.


Trained in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and HTML. Proficient with various content management systems. Received comprehensive training in WordPress, social media, photography, videos, data mapping, and related topics at the Knight Digital Media Center (KDMC) at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in March 2011. Regularly attend social media workshops, like the Social Media for Nonprofits Conference in July 2012 and June 2013. Successfully completed “Social Media for Content Creators” at KDMC, December 2014.


BA in political science, minor in journalism, San Diego State University. Served as Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Aztec and interned at The Los Angeles Times, San Diego County Bureau, while at SDSU.


Third Place, General News Coverage, 2014 Award of Excellence in Freelance Journalism, Guild Freelancers

Knight Digital Media Foundation Fellow. Attended a one-week intensive Independent Journalism Workshop at the Knight Digital Media Center, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

California Newspaper Publishers Association. Shared second place public service award for a series of articles on race relations in Cupertino, 1999.


The Good Neighbor Stories 2013 Datebook


Society of Professional Journalists


Communications Advisor, Faith In Action Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter

Carter Work Project 2013 Social Media Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley


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